The belief that during their driving careers, the British motorists will remain alert to the legal requirements of vision and monitor possible changes of vision is questioned by the results of this survey taken in may 1979. Data in the survey, involving 2171 men and women aged 15 and over, are divided into age-groups and social classes. In general, it was found that the motorist aged between 35 and 54, of professional or managerial status, where driving is related to his work had the least concern for matters affecting visual performance. Those most likely to be most safety conscious over their eyes are skilled or semi-skilled manual workers, aged between 20 and 40 and 50 to 60. The survey showed that few drivers had regular eye tests and over half of those interviewed did not know the distance specified in the number plate reading-test. Age was the most significant factor with the younger motorist being mainly at fault. The survey also revealed that protective lenses for motorists glasses were not regarded as important and that regular sight-tests would be beneficial. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Optical Information Council, England

    Walter House, 418-422 Strand
    London,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319222
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1996 12:00AM